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Remember the Lord
1Carefully obey every command I give you today. Then you will live and grow in number, and you will enter and take the land the Lord promised your ancestors. 2Remember how the Lord your God has led you in the desert for these forty years, taking away your pride and testing you, because he wanted to know what was in your heart. He wanted to know if you would obey his commands. 3He took away your pride when he let you get hungry, and then he fed you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had ever seen. This was to teach you that a person does not live on bread alone, but by everything the Lord says. 4During these forty years, your clothes did not wear out, and your feet did not swell. 5Know in your heart that the Lord your God corrects you as a parent corrects a child.
6Obey the commands of the Lord your God, living as he has commanded you and respecting him. 7The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with rivers and pools of water, with springs that flow in the valleys and hills, 8a land that has wheat and barley, vines, fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil, and honey. 9It is a land where you will have plenty of food, where you will have everything you need, where the rocks are iron, and where you can dig copper out of the hills.
10When you have all you want to eat, then praise the Lord your God for giving you a good land. 11Be careful not to forget the Lord your God so that you fail to obey his commands, laws, and rules that I am giving to you today. 12When you eat all you want and build nice houses and live in them, 13when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase, when you have more of everything, 14then your heart will become proud. You will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, where you were slaves. 15He led you through the large and terrible desert that was dry and had no water, and that had poisonous snakes and stinging insects. He gave you water from a solid rock 16and manna to eat in the desert. Manna was something your ancestors had never seen. He did this to take away your pride and to test you, so things would go well for you in the end. 17You might say to yourself, “I am rich because of my own power and strength,” 18but remember the Lord your God! It is he who gives you the power to become rich, keeping the agreement he promised to your ancestors, as it is today.
19If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship them and bow down to them, I warn you today that you will be destroyed. 20Just as the Lord destroyed the other nations for you, you can be destroyed if you do not obey the Lord your God.
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